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Majors & Degrees

Christian Studies

Drives students to pursue theological reflection in an environment that encourages critical thinking and communication skills.

Students explore the philosophical foundations of Christian living and leadership while building a deep understanding of Scripture and implementing practical skills for ministry. 

Anyone interested in pursuing a life of service, or a career that makes a positive impact on their community will find a challenging and engaging curriculum in the Christian Studies Department. Through hands-on training programs, MC students actively make a difference. They serve churches as paid staff, travel on mission trips, volunteer for charities, spend summers working at Christian camps and retreats, and intern at local churches.

Professors invest in their students and strive to impart wisdom and knowledge to prepare them for ministry. Through the rigorous curriculum, students will be challenged to look beyond themselves and live with Christ at the center of their lives.

Bachelor of Arts – Bible

Classes in Ancient Near Eastern geography, culture, history and archaeology, and the context and content of Biblical literature, equipping students to interpret canonical Christian scriptures in preparation for vocational ministry or seminary school.

Bachelor of Arts – Biblical Languages

Coursework prepares students to read and understand the Old and New Testaments in the original Hebrew and Greek, preparing them for additional study at the graduate level. Not only does language study sharpen students’ thinking skills, being able to work with original texts opens access to many original resources.

Bachelor of Arts – Ministry Studies

This concentration helps students develop skills as leaders, administrators, educators, and missionaries, and identify their calling in the area of service and ministry.

Bachelor of Arts – Missions

This concentration allows students to develop evangelism skills for the mission field. Courses include Evangelism and Cross-Cultural Witness, History of Missions, and Contemporary Mission Strategies.

Dr. Ivan Parke lecturing

As a Christian Studies major, you’ll take courses in topics such as:

  • The World of the Bible
  • Theological Ideas in the Bible 
  • Teachings of Jesus 
  • Foundations of Christian Ministry 
  • The Development of Christian Worship

The Department of Christian Studies can trace a long history at Mississippi College, which offered courses in Biblical and classical studies as far back as 1852. Today, the department continues to fulfill a valuable role, serving as a place where students and faculty can come together to consider and explore the most important questions of human existence.

A group of smiling students standing outside

Career opportunities for Christian Studies graduates include:

  • Pastor
  • Youth minister
  • Camp director
  • Worship leader
  • Teacher 

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